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zendao says

So how does this work? you buy a vid template and then you costumize it using Aftereffects right? Do I need to be an expert at it… I’ve never used it before… What if I want to hire someone to do it for me, what’s the best place to find freelancers to do it and how much is the average pay?

thanks!

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

I think most templates are pretty easy to customize, but you will either need to have a base knowledge of the program or be prepared to pick it up as you go along. There are beginner tutorials available at http://tutsplus.com and http://videocopilot.net

The quality of user guide that you get depends on the author. Some will offer a preview of the user guide as well as the final work – look in the item descriptions.

Commercial day rates for After Effects work vary from $100 to over $1000, depending on the quality and experience of who you get. Customizing a template is generally not complicated or time consuming, so you should be looking around the lower end of that scale.

Then it depends on what you want doing to the template. On Videohive, I’d allow $30-$50 or so for a logo or short file and $100-$150 for a full template.

Your best bet is to ask the author of the file first, if they’d be able to do the customization. Then you could post on the forum here.

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zendao says

Great stuff, I love this place already. Yeah, well, I’m thinking about writting a script an doing a voice over with one of the product promoting templates but I’m not quite sure ho to go about it… Like what’s the order to follow, first script then voiceover and then match the video to the voice, or is it easier to go the other way around… write the script then make the video and last do the voice over?

... and how long do you think it would take to learn to use it in order to costumize my own templates?

Anyway, Thanks A Lot!!!

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3Ddym says

how long do you think it would take to learn to use it in order to costumize my own templates?

If you are a fast learner, you can learn it fast. It’s all up to you.

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zendao says

Cool guys thanks, one last question: what’s the order to follow when making a product/service promoting video? first script, then voiceover and then match the video to the voice? or is it easier to go the other way around?… write the script, then make the video, and last do the voice over?

I mean the video templates seem like they have certain specific order, can an animator move things around to match any script?

thanks!

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3Ddym says

Cool guys thanks, one last question: what’s the order to follow when making an product/service promoting video? first script then voiceover and then match the video to the voice, or is it easier to go the other way around… write the script then make the video and last do the voice over?

1. script
2. voice over
3. video

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zendao says

brilliant, thanks a lot!

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StencilMedia says

I’d completely agree with script, voice over, video in 90% of cases…. but if you’re using a template then you might have to fine tune your process slightly.

If money is not an object then I’d still go with script, voice, video… but if you have a ten page script which results in a 20 minute voice over and a 30 second After Effects template… then that’s a lot of After Effects work to turn the 30 second template into a 20 minute video! That either means you, or whoever you hire, is going to have to spend quite a bit of time on the video, and time is money.

i.e the further your script is from the sample script in the template… the more it’s going to cost.

Therefore, I’d add a step before ‘script’ that takes into account reviewing the template and then taking it’s current structure into account when writing the script. The closer your script is to the current structure of the template, the less customisation it will need.

The $100 to $150 that felt-tips mentioned wouldn’t really apply if it’s a 30 second template that needs to be turned into a 20 minute video.

Sorry if that sounds pedantic or nitpicking, but a couple of times I’ve provided a price for ‘customising’ a template, and it’s become apparent that everybody’s description of what ‘customising’ entails is very different!

Some seem to think it includes shortening or lengthening templates, adding scenes, increasing the amount of placeholders, altering the timings, changing camera moves, adding new animations etc etc.

But anyway… good luck!

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zendao says

I really, really appreciate this info StencilMedia. I guess my main focus is to make it as cheap as possible for a quality video. In that case, I’d say the scriptwriter should review the template first to make it as easy and swift as possible for the animator. The $100 should apply then right? Anyway, it’s great to hear it from an animator!

Thanks a lot!

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